Happy Friday, friends! It’s just about time for another fresh set of favorites, but before that, let’s chat about the weekend. Tonight, Dave and I are going over to a friends’ house for our first chance to join in on a rotating dinner party, in which a different couple hosts the party each month. This is something our group of friends has been doing long before we moved to the ‘burbs, and we’re finally able to be a part of it — such a good way to spend a weekend evening! And tomorrow is a pretty cool day for me. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been planning an event for a few local fitness, fashion and lifestyle bloggers to come together for a meet-up and workout, and the event is taking place in the afternoon. Make sure you check out Instagram to follow along, and I’ll be sure to fill you in more next week. Now for the good stuff …
This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites”
Fridays are the perfect chance to step back from hearty content and keep it light with a random selection of things making my happy lately …
My favorite event of the week
It’s not often that I get to take a night off from working at the gym, head into the City, hang out with lovely people and cook a gourmet meal with the founder of an innovative company. So when I do, I relish the opportunity. Earlier this week, I had the awesome chance to attend the very first public-facing event hosted by Green Chef, the first and only USDA-certified organic meal-kit-delivery service, which is launching nationally in January 2016. Green Chef wanted to share its story with some of us locals, who love to talk about food …
We met in the cozy Cookhouse event space in the North Beach neighborhood, had appetizers, learned about the fast-growing company and then got to put Green Chef meal kits to the test, before finally sitting down to enjoy our creations.
After some socializing, we hit the kitchen. I worked with another blogger, Ana, to create a Paleo Mustard Balsamic Chicken dish, which took less than 35 minutes to create, and it was delicious. I’ll be sharing more about Green Chef very soon, but for now, enjoy this little preview. (By the way, Green Chef is currently available in San Francisco, for all of my Bay Area friends looking to create healthy and organic meals at home with all of the ingredients and instructions provided. If you use this link, you can get your first four meals for free.) Thanks to the sweet and fun folks at Green Chef for hosting me. Good times!
My favorite new cosmetics of the week
In case you haven’t noticed, this is a far cry from a beauty blog. But yes, I do wear make-up, and yes, I do like to use it. I tend to stick to the same products and definitely don’t spend a ton of money on them. I’ve come across a few good things lately worth sharing, and I also restocked one of my regular favorites …
Water-proof mascara is a must for my day-to-day look, seeing as I generally sweat each day, and I need it to stay in place. And black liner that looks like liquid but goes on like pencil? Yes, please. That’s an essential for the weekend. Also these new colorful lip crayons have been the perfect way to spice up a look, and they are so easy to apply, you don’t even need any extra gloss for shimmer or liner because it’s included.
My favorite new snack of the week
Have you ever had granola/protein/energy bars so fresh that they required refrigeration? Me neither, but I recently got the chance to try out these Perfect Bars that do just that. The Perfect Bar brand was originally hosting a blogger event last week in San Francisco, but sadly it had to be cancelled. In light of that, they were so kind to send me some samples of what we were going to try at the event …
Perfect Bars were started by a health-conscious gym owner in San Diego in the sixties, and the company is still family owned today. They stand behind their promise that their products are “Grounded in Perfection.”
Of course, the almond butter and peanut butter are my favorite, but they’re all very good, including the “lite” versions, which have a few less calories. Overall, these bars are very dense, fresh and super tasty. You can tell you’re eating something that is good for you, and a little bit more substantial than other bars. They are gluten-free. They contain superfoods. They are non-GMO. They are kosher. And they are high in protein. Good stuff. You can find Perfect Bars at many grocery stores, but remember to look in the refrigerated section.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week? Here’s what happened …
- Weekend and fitness — Celebration weekend and my weekly workouts
- Yoga, yoga, yoga — Studio Review: The Bay Area’s Yoga Treat
- Food pictures — Eating all of the good stuff on repeat
- Fresh air — A simple way to improve your mood each day
This video of new dumbbell exercises is totally mesmerizing and will be inspiring some workouts for me in the future. I’ve watched it no less than five times this week.
And check out this piece I recently wrote for the MyFitnessPal blog, Hello Healthy, about an amazing woman who transformed her life and beat cancer. I truly enjoy learning the story of others and bringing them to life through words, and this one will give you perspective. That’s it for today. Have a great weekend my, friends!Take a break and enjoy this round-up of good stuff ... #Favorites #Food #Beauty #BayArea Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s something fun you’ve been loving lately?